“For the love of money is the root of all evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10)
I heard this familiar biblical statement today and, for some reason, it made me reflect. Consider: without money there would still be evil, for evil started before money was a concept. So, even the inclination to money cannot be the root of “all” evil. Furthermore, the “love for” must either infer something broader, or the concept of the scripture itself is limited. But here is what helps me see the concept of this matter clearer for personal application:
“Love for…” could mean “the propensity to make paramount”, and “money” could be allegorical for “earthly desires and experiences”. Hence “the propensity to make earthly desires and experiences paramount”, or “the proclivity to elevate the pursuit of something earthly as uppermost in the soul”. Worded this way, it makes me see that relationships, family, vacation, and everything can become harmful if, in our heart, they begin occupying the altar of importance that should be reserved only for the Creator. And if we pursue anything earthly with *greater* fervor, diligence, concentration, and consistency than recognizing and aligning with His Will…then it means we are falling offcourse and turning the said thing into an idol. Thus, it becomes an admonition not to turn anything earthly into a golden calf that becomes a “need” over the necessity of the spirit. Basically, the first Commandment.
Seen this way, I can actually use the concept in my life in a practical way.
Ikenna Q Ezealah